Four Coliseum Centre
2730 West Tyvola Rd.
Charlotte, NC USA 28217-4578
Phone Number: +1 (704) 423-7000
We helped them fly higher.
Safer. Further. We helped send them out of this world and back home
We have been doing it since the dawn of flight. And Goodrich will
continue to help them fly higher, safer and further into the new
||Early Air Speed Records
It was 1909, a mere six years
after the Wright Brothers historic first flight. Glenn Curtis of
the Curtis Aeroplane Corporation set a speed record of 47 miles
per hour to win the first international flying meet in Rheims,
What helped his plane get a jump on all the others? Airplane tires
made by Goodrich.
In 1927 throngs of people filled
the streets of Paris to honour Charles Lindbergh, the American who
made the first non-stop intercontinental flight.
The last part of his plane to leave America . . .and the first
part of his plane to touch down in France . . .was Goodrich
Silvertown® airplane tires!
||Flight De-icing Technology
Charles Lindbergh said ice was
the greatest danger he encountered on his historic transatlantic
1927 flight. His comment spurred research that Goodrich used to
introduce the first aircraft de-icing systems in 1932. This
innovation helped to propel the fast growth of commercial air
Almost 70 years later, Goodrich continues to lead the world in
aircraft de-icing innovation.
||The First Pressure Suit
In 1934, Goodrich engineer Russ
Colley conceived and built the first pressure suit that would
enable pilots to fly at altitudes of 30,000 feet (9144 meters) and
above. This enabled world-famous aviator Wiley Post to fly high
enough to ride the “jet stream” that very same year. Once again,
Goodrich helps to revolutionize flight.
||30's and 40's Aircraft
Goodrich entered the field of
aircraft brakes in 1937. In just a few short years, Goodrich
brakes became standard equipment on many military and cargo
Our innovation has never ceased
and in the 1970s Goodrich helped pioneer the use of carbon as a
new material for aircraft braking systems.
||The Mercury Astronauts
Three decades after Goodrich
engineer Russ Colley made the first pressure suit, he helped to
develop the space suits worn by the Project Mercury astronauts. In
1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space.
A year later, John Glenn was the first American to orbit the
earth. Both wore Goodrich space suits.
The NASA Space Shuttle
Goodrich’s relationship with
NASA has flourished ever since developing space suits for the
Mercury astronauts. Now Goodrich is a part of the space shuttle
program. Every space shuttle since the Enterprise has been
equipped with Goodrich wheels and brakes. Moreover, nearly every
division in the Goodrich organization contributes some product or
service that is essential to the shuttle. Goodrich is proud of its
contributions . . . from the dawn of flight to tomorrow’s next
space exploration. We are in awe of the sky. We are challenged to
make it a safer place to be.